June 27, 2022

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Corona, health | Big progress: – We’ve run thousands of tests

It’s the end of you going to the airway clinic for a corona test. Instead, people get themselves tested, and the municipality distributes the equipment free of charge to those who come to the town hall or the vaccination center at Sjøkanten.

Exams are over and no wonder. About 300 people now report being infected daily. The number is considered higher, and the municipality believes infection rates will rise sharply.

– Now we have another supply of self-tests. We initially received 25,000 and there may be a similar number in the new shipment,” says Director of Communications Oyvind Arvola.

Several thousand went in two days

It is good that Harstad undergoes more tests, because the demand was great.

– In a few days we distributed several thousand. We stayed a bit so we didn’t run out. Individuals took three tests, while families received 15. We’re now starting to get enough, I think, but we don’t want to run out.

Regular traffic of vaccinated people

Although the main rule now is that people test themselves, there are some who must get tested by the government.

At both the Luftveisklinikken clinic and the vaccination station in the old Claes Ohlson building in Sjøkanten, there is regular traffic.

Some don’t have all the doses they should take, so we’re still open three days a week. Now people don’t have to sit a meter apart, so we have tremendous capacity, says Arvola.

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iHarstad has spoken in recent days to staff at both the school and health, and many have reported an increase in infections. This also applies to Kvæfjord and Ibestad.

Municipalities require people to record their positive test results so that they have a certain overview.